Tuesday, September 24, 2013

stamp a mandala

As you may know, I have been working in my art journal every week using Daisy Yellow's Daily Paper Prompts.
The prompts have been so inspirational to me and a great place to start. Isn't that always the hardest part -starting? Well, this prompt was called "stamp a mandala". Of course I had heard of mandalas before but was not really sure of their meaning and I was curious. With a quick Google search (our current day encyclopedia!) I came up with this, from the mandala project.org:

"The word mandala is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds."

Well, I did not go forward from that point and stamp a perfect mandala, even though I enjoyed reading about them! In my journal I started on the right side of the page spread with a very loose circle and to tell you the truth, I really liked it better that way.

This was before I added any color to it. I just wanted to get a loose circle down on paper using my Katy Widger and Too Much Fun patterning stamps. On the other side I did not think of a mandala at all, just simply using the pattern stamps. It was fun! 

When I finished stamping with permanent ink and coloring in with watercolor crayons on both sides it looked like this . . . .

My positive affirmation is handwritten on the petals of the yellow flower on the left. It reads, "I attract that which I am". 

I've created a short animoto slideshow video which will take you through the process from start to finish in 2 minutes! I will embed it below Or you can watch it on a separate page here:

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Looking for indigo

It has been a number of days since I posted but never fear - I am continuing to play in my art journal!   

What, it's been 10 days? How did that happen?! Well, I've been working on catching up in my photo journal on blipfoto, that's what happened! I took a break from posting on blipfoto for almost 3 months while I was getting back into playing with paper and paint . . .  It is always a balance, isn't it?

Moderation. Small things. Sample a bit of everything. 
These are the secrets of happiness and good health.
~ Julia Child

I have been using the daily paper prompts from daisy yellow for all my recent journal spreads but this time I am using a prompt from the blipfoto site - Horomaka's Rainbow Challenge: Indigo. After getting caught up there adding photos I wanted to participate in some of the photo challenges. For this one, Indigo, I combined my art with my photos!! That just might be the trick for me to be able to do everything I'd like to.

 I started looking for indigo in my watercolor crayons . . . . 

I tried two - one seemed too purple and the other too blue!

Then I remembered I had a new "Indigo" Lumiere paint.

This was much more what I was looking for!

I did some combing and some brushing . .. and added a positive affirmation.

A little bit of gold metallic marker to go with the indigo

It really creates joy for me when I work in this journal.
An added plus, I can use it on blipfoto too!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

mail art love

I love sending & receiving mail art and have been hooked on doing this for quite some time. Mail Art is also the daily paper prompt #19 from Daisy Yellow! Create a piece of mail art and mail it to someone within 4 days.

I've done that a number of times recently and thought, why not share everything I created during August through the present time . . . well, except for one envelope which has been secretly sent! That will be shared later.

My most recent mail art was sent just last week to my brother-in-law's mother. I wanted to wish her well, as she had a brief hospital stay and was now home. She lives in Connecticut but often visits this area and really loves Florida. I like to use rubber stamps with permanent ink (StazOn) and then add a bit of color with a watercolor crayon. 

I am sure this cheered her!

Beautiful postage stamps help to decorate the envelope, or use funny ones depending on the intent! On the envelope below I used one of the Muscle Cars postage stamps because my NIA instructor Becky is also an actress staring in the play, "Becky's new Car".

Here I have liberally used my water color crayons! 
Inside is a copy of a photo I took of a special Nia class that Becky hosted, 
with additional art added. 

For an ARTchix Studio swap on a Flower theme, I wanted to add a little mail art to the envelope holding my ATCs I was sending to the hostess Nikki . . . . she works hard organizing these swaps for Helga Strauss and I hoped this would brighten her mail day.

Rubber stamps, watercolor crayon, faux post & a transparency image 
from ARTchix Studio

Lastly, I both received and sent special pieces of mail art for my son Decklin's wedding! His fiance' Tina is a graphic designer and designed their wedding invitation. They personally chose and affixed very special, old postage stamps for the invitation they sent us . . . 2 Florida stamps, a LOVE stamp, a ST Lawrence Seaway stamp for Steven's family cottage on Wolfe Island, Ontario - where they have visited, Exploring the Moon for our moon & stars theme . . . look!

The invitation return RSVP card below, the wedding is soon!

my reply & my mail art for them! 

I definitely believe that this is true . . . 

create some mail art today!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Draw a chandelier

Daily Paper Prompt #17: Chandelier (from Daisy Yellow)

I knew the next prompt for me was "chandelier" and I had no clue about what I was going to do. At the same time I was preparing for an image transfer class I'll teach at the end of the month, trying out new transfer things for me. At this point I had successfully used TAP transfer paper to transfer a photo to fabric . . . ( I like it!)

Then on a whim I thought I would try transferring photos directly into my art journal and see how they would transfer to paper. The watercolor paper is textured and made the transfers a bit incomplete. I think I will try preparing the paper with paint or gesso first next time . . . 

I went and looked at the prompt again and all it said was, "draw a chandelier".
Sometimes there are more options but not this time, so I dove in.
I drew a chandelier from memory in a loose free-form kind of way.

The pen I used for the chandelier and text about it was not permanent and so it ran a bit when 
I added my watercolor. I used a permanent Micron pen for my positive affirmations. 

I like how the daisy yellow prompts often get me to venture . . . 
where I would not have gone otherwise!

P.S. The transfer above left is my husband Steven in our boat Chelsea. He's towing the Kayak Dock he made at Lucas Boatworks, home to our house for us to use. Lucas Boatworks is across the river from us and keeps Steven active, creating and pretty much out of trouble (I almost got in trouble for those remarks as he reads my blog!) Steven thought it would be fun to give the dogs their own "boat" and let them cross the river (a 5 minute ride) on the floating kayak dock he was towing, instead of in the boat Chelsea with him as usual. I do not know who is sillier, Steve or our dogs?!! : ) I will let you be the judge! Here's the photo I used for the transfer . . .  

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

dictionary love

The prompt I followed this time (from daisy yellow) for this spread in my art journal is called dictionary love. : )
I have used old dictionary pages before in altered books and collage art, but never quite like I ended up doing here. There was a guest artist on the daisy yellow site (see 'prompt' link above) sharing ways to utilize old dictionary pages and I am sure her ideas helped me to branch out in my thinking. I really like the way this spread came out. I took a bunch of photos of the process and finished art journal page.

I started by covering the page spread with sections of the dictionary pages I liked. 

Then I used colored pencils to circle or highlight the words. 
Soon after that I used watercolor crayons for more oomph! 

I did not have a plan but doodled around connecting my chosen words.

I grew up in Glastonbury, CT - that's why I chose that word to highlight : )

I added white watercolor with my crayon to blend and meld . . .

After I wet it it looked like this . . . 

The other side of the spread before I added doodles with a white pen . . .

The full spread finished with my positive affirmation:
I am present

Close up, on the left side:

Close-up on the right side:
(I spelled 'fearless' wrong - must fix that!!)

I used a white uni-ball SIGNO pen and it worked great!

Steven took some photos : )

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